With Downton Abbey, the Emmy-winning British costume drama on hiatus period, clothing fans can tide themselves over at the second ever Toronto Vintage Show, which will take place at the Toronto Metro Convention Centre on March 23rd.
Catherine Knoll, partner at Affiliated Show Sales and organizer of the event, says vintage lovers can expect to have great finds.
“The place will be full of lots of spring items, prom dresses, cocktail dresses to summer weddings, jewelry, shoes and lots of designer vintage as well,” says Knoll.
Fashion for Passion Coordinator and fashion expert, Annie Lam says vintage style clothing is relevant and here to stay.
“Vintage trends keep coming back every ten years or so. It’s always nice to have authentic pieces around and it’s something you can’t easily access,” says Lam. “A lot of people like having vintage clothing because it’s not mass produced and it’s an item that is going to be unique to themselves.”
Lam, a fashion stylist who has styled for the Swarovski exhibit at the Royal Ontario Museum, says fashion labels are pulling ideas from vintage designs.
“A lot of well-known designers are going to their catalogue collection, to their own original designs from years back, and redesigning,” she says.
The Vintage show has a counterpart in Ottawa that has been running for almost 30 years.
“We were definitely not disappointed. It was an amazing show,” says Judy Grummisch, owner of Prime Time, an exhibitor at last year’s show. “It’s only one day, but it’s one day of madness. There were almost 60 empty hangers at the end of the day.”